With a view to reinforcing our environmental management, we carried out such actions as the following.
All companies measured and certified their carbon footprint in accordance with ISO 14064 standard, and our affiliate GdO took part in the Valle Carbon Neutral program (CVC and DAGMA).
Transmetano was party to the Production and Sustainable Consumption agreement (Proaburrá Norte, CEO and Prosur) for verifying its carbon footprint. It also supported the Sustainable Mobility program in Medellín, which runs from 2017 to 2022.
The ANDI Biodiversity and Development in the Caribbean agreement, to which Promigas and SPEC are party, continued.
At a pig farm at the Villa Don Bosco Training Center in Santander de Quilichao, GdO began a pilot program to generate biogas from porcinaza. This process, which closes energy cycles, is a successful example of the circular economy. Don Bosco is a training center in technical skills for young people from towns and villages where the social risk is high.
Natural gas is currently one of the principal and most relevant sources of energy used by human beings for both domestic and industrial purposes, since it plays an important role in promoting a low-carbon economy.
However, although it is a cleaner source of energy than others, such as petroleum, we should continue our work to ensure that we can deal with risks relating to climate phenomena, mitigate our impacts, improve our infrastructure and strengthen our ability to react, not only in order to reduce costs involved in unscheduled maintenance and losses resulting from disasters but also to provide our interest groups with an ever more diversified portfolio with offers of renewable and decarbonized services.
Our approach is based on knowing and preventing environmental risks to biodiversity and minimizing and controlling impacts as we carry out our operations, considering the conservation of biodiversity a criterion from early stages. Right from the design stage we conduct field studies in order to prevent or reduce to a minimum the effects of our network passing through ecosystems or settlements with a high biodiversity value.
We have a Corporate Policy and an Environmental Policy which include a commitment to biodiversity, and we perform our activities accordingly, by minimizing impacts.
We trained our suppliers to frighten off and rescue wildlife while building or maintaining gas pipelines and to deal with wasps and bees when carrying out pruning and felling activities and maintaining infrastructure (electricity networks, structures).
Meanwhile, our affiliate GdO, as part of the BanCO2 strategy, has been supporting three families who have been protecting 13 hectares since 2017. The target was to increase the number of hectares protected in 2019 to 374.75, which was achieved with a 102% compliance figure, namely with 383 hectares and 13 families. This project was presented in Valle del Cauca at the National Bicycle Forum, and through this the service for studying biodiversity in four municipalities has been administered, to identify species that are registered in the Red Book of Endangered Species in Colombia and inhabit areas that are currently protected.
Support for the scheme to implement the update of Serranía de Coraza Protective Forestry Reserve Management Plan.
Implementation of conservation agreements covering an area of 328.5 hectares with communities in tropical dry forest ecosystem areas in the SFF Los Colorados - SFF Corchal corridor.
To promote the efficient uses of resources, in order to prevent and minimize environmental impacts of the company’s operations.
The organization seeks to minimize environmental impacts and risks and to strictly adhere to laws governing the matter.
The operations of Promigas and its companies aim to improve the overall management of resources such as water, energy and waste by promoting the prevention of waste generation, fostering reuse and recycling, and favoring the tracking thereof. We have also introduced a system of management, storage and delivery to authorized handlers of dangerous and non-dangerous waste, in order to guarantee that this is correctly treated.
As far as resources like water and energy are concerned, we control consumption associated with our processes, foster the use of other renewable energies, and have various measures aimed at reducing consumption.
Notification was received in 2019 of a fine of COP 165,448,306 imposed by ANLAfor failing in 2008 to carry out an environmental procedure with the national authority,the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, for carrying out an “urgent” workfor which the local authority had granted permits, a situation that was not accepted by ANLA.The preventive actions taken include carrying out the environmental procedure in order toensure that all projects fully meet legal environmental requirements, even in caseswhere works are required as a matter of urgency.